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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2019 The Rise Golf Course


During the month of June, golf professionals will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS. To raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC, they will golf as many holes as possible.

The Rise Golf Course

On June 24th, Mike Van Horne and Chad Scott started their Golfathon at 5:00AM. During round four, Van Horne scored a hole in one (pictured on the left)! Throughout the day the duo played a total of 216 holes, with a collective score of 871. They ended their day at 6:30PM with five eagles and 39 birdies.

“This is our first time doing [a Golfathon] at The Rise,” said Mike Van Horne, PGA of BC Golf Professional and Golf Operations Manager at The Rise Golf Course. “Personally, I have done it four other times at different locations. It’s for a great cause, and we enjoy doing it. Any support we can offer to help the ALS Society of BC, we will.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers.

Help support your local golf professionals to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.

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Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
1.800.708.3228 (ext. 222) CELL 778-999-6257

Donald Miyazaki
Executive Director, PGA of BC

ALS can hit anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Support equipment costs an average of $140,000 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.

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